sterilizing aquarium plants

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22 May 2016 19:03 #1 by nomad (pat murphy)
Am going to be getting some wild caught plants so to speak so want to get rid of any nasties they may be harbouing,what would be a good way of doing so,cheers..

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23 May 2016 01:35 #2 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Potassium Permanganate baths are the best option!

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23 May 2016 13:35 #3 by nomad (pat murphy)

gunnered72 wrote: Potassium Permanganate baths are the best option!

Thanks is it a chemist where you buy this stuff and is it pricey,also could you give me the breakdown of the way you do your plants,amount to use,what water to mix with,is the whole plant inc roots soaked etc etc etc,it would be much appreciated :)

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23 May 2016 13:42 #4 by nomad (pat murphy)
Ive had some different growths on some wood I,ve used after even power washing it first,bogwood,mopani,redmoor wood etc had some green algae on bogwood but that suddenly cleared.Had a big root not sure what it was but it started getting covered in a hairy white furry growth,took it out and used the powerhose again and later after being put back it started growing again :(

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23 May 2016 14:42 #5 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)
Just a thought here never used this method but what about putting the plants into a container and using eye wash solution that's sterilised but would depends on what the solution was made up of


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Craig

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23 May 2016 14:51 #6 by nomad (pat murphy)
I would assume that its so sterilized especially seeing as though its an eyewash that theres no chemical at all in it that would kill bacteria,snail eggs and other nasties ....

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23 May 2016 22:07 #7 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
It can be bought on Ebay UK and its pretty cheap...

You basically put a tiny amount in a container of lukewarm water and soak the whole plant in the solution for about an hour...You only put enough in to make the water turn transparent blue or purple...

Be very careful with it because it will die anything it comes in contact with and dont let it get on your hands (wear gloves)

After you bathe the plant you wash it thoroughly under the tap (again with lukewarm water) then soak it in dechlorinated lukewarm water for about half an hour (that will neautralise any remaining traces of the Potassium Permanganate...

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23 May 2016 22:35 #8 by nomad (pat murphy)
Appreciate your reply,not knowing how much to use and so if using too much I could kill the plants that are costing a few bob is putting up red flags with having no experience .I googled earlier about dosing amounts for PP and it varies so much,even as to the length of time to soak and rinse,also read that on one website that the roots shouldn't be dipped in it :(

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23 May 2016 23:09 #9 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
I used to use potassium permanganate, but WaterLIfe Myxazin will do a good job.

ian

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23 May 2016 23:30 - 23 May 2016 23:47 #10 by nomad (pat murphy)
Thanks very much for info Ian it looks like it would be maybe the safer option in unskilled hands,would have hated being in the position of untreated wild plants arriving and not knowing how to make them safe.
p.s meant to ask what dosage would be recommended for dipping the plants,how long soaking and a rinse under the tap after or a wash off in a bucket of tank water.
Last edit: 23 May 2016 23:47 by nomad (pat murphy). Reason: p.s

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